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AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence promotes better outcomes through good design:

According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, the time for climate action is now. Architects play a crucial role in mitigating and adapting to climate change through sustainable and resilient design. Energy efficiency and renewable energy, materials transparency, the protection of water resources, and other sustainability strategies support mitigation by conserving resources and reducing carbon emissions.

Resilient design helps communities adapt to evolving conditions, reduce harm and property damage, and more readily, effectively, and efficiently recover from adverse events. Architects can draw upon both sustainability and resilience to become a force of valuable change by transforming the day-to-day practice of architecture to achieve a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment.

Design a better world

As designers, it is critical that we design, construct, and evaluate projects holistically to achieve a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment. Explore the Framework for Design Excellence and other foundational programs and resources that can help you create better outcomes for clients, occupants, and communities.

Learn from high-performance design

High-performance buildings provide positive environmental and health outcomes, but growing evidence demonstrates that they provide economic benefits as well. As awareness of the benefits of high-performance design grows, demand has also grown in this sector. Explore these resources to make sure your firm is reaping the benefits of high-performance design.  

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